Product Type: Microsoft hard disk drives
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Laptop HDD inside an expensive plastic shell
Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 20 GB
Member Name: illusiveman
Microsoft Xbox 360 Hard Drive 20 GB
Advantages: install games to HDD, play custom music, download game demos
Disadvantages: Expensive, hard to do a custom upgrade
-When I bought this Product-
I first received an Xbox 360 for Christmas 2007 (I think it was 2007, I'm not a 100% sure), and almost immediately realized that I would need a hard drive as a 256mb memory card would nowhere near enough storage for my save games (I believe this was before they introduced being able to install games to the hard drive).
I started looking around at Hard Drives and found that I wouldn't be able to just buy a standard hard drive and fit it to the console, I knew straight away I would have to shell out for Microsoft's expensive option (although not as expensive as the bigger hard drives).
I paid roughly £70 from GAME for it at the time (I don't know the exact price as I bought something else at the same time so I only see the total amount I spent that day)
At the time I bought this hard drive it was before they introduced being able to install games to the hard drive (this feature came about a year later according information I found online) so there were fairly limited options on what you could do with it.
This hard drive can be used to download game demos from Xbox Live, you can also download games that you may have paid for as long as you have the room on your hard drive.
You can also store your saves on the hard drive to save room on the memory card you may have had when you first received your console, you can also store your own music on it to play as part of a custom soundtrack during game play.
As of November 2008 this hard drive can also be used to install games to your hard drive which helps save wear and tear on the components inside the 360, it also helps the Xbox run quieter as the console doesn't have to read from the DVD all the time.
This hard drive is basically just a laptop hard drive installed in a plastic shell which makes it harder for upgrading later on as you would have to buy a very specific hard drive model and size, it would then have to be flashed using software on a pc which could be very difficult to do.
As mentioned above upgrading to a bigger hard drive through the official means would be expensive, although this was when the hard drives were new, nowadays you could easily buy a second hand hard drive from a store such as CEX for as little as £10 depending on the size of the hard drive.
If you own an original style Xbox 360 console this hard drive (not necessarily this size though) would be a very useful investment. If you own the newer slim style Xbox this hard drive isn't suitable straight out of the box but can be inserted into the slot on the side of the Xbox (I would highly recommend buying a plastic case to make it a lot easier as they cost less than £5 from sites such as Ebay).
Due to the disadvantages mentioned above I will be giving this a 3/5 rating, if it was easier to replace the hard drive (without having to use a specific type of drive or annoying installation methods), overall this is a worthy investment if you have an original style Xbox (they are available dirt cheap from various second hand stores nowadays).
Summary: Almost a necessary purchase for a 360 owner (original style)
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